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Marie Sharp Launches New Game-Changing Product

Marie Sharp Launches New Game-Changing Product
February 19
08:21 2019

Iconic Belizean businesswoman Marie Sharp has once more added another hot sauce to her successful line of products on the market, and this time is doing so in an effort to combat gender-based violence in Belize.

On Valentine’s Day, Sharp in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Belmopan officially held the launching of the first of its kind pineapple habanero pepper sauce “Pure Love” under the theme “End Gender Base Violence Now.”

The new product is now available for sale both locally and internationally. Proceeds from its sale will go to Haven House, a non-profit domestic violence shelter directly benefiting victims of gender-based violence.

At the launching of her new product, Sharp explained that she had crafted the new recipe for the pineapple pulp based sauce some time ago but did not market it. Sharp said that last year while she was stationed at the Show Grounds, she was approached by personnel from the U.S. Embassy who asked her for ideas on what could be done in a collaborative effort to fight gender-based violence.

Sharp went on to explain that she decided that she would dedicate her recipe for a worthy cause – “Everybody loves Marie Sharp’s pepper sauce, right? So I thought if we use it in a pepper sauce we could get much more funds available because all this is going to the Haven House in Belize. I thought it was one way to generate money fast enough. Every product that I put out there is good and the market will accept it.”

Dr. Sharmane Saunders, President of the Board of Directors for Haven House expressed her appreciation for the new partnership which will directly assist the institution in its work to provide emergency accommodations and counseling for battered women and their children.

Speaking at the launch in Belmopan, Charge d’ Affaires of the United States Embassy Keith Gilges announced that women’s empowerment and ending gender-based violence are the cornerstones of U.S. foreign policy and its Embassy’s priorities here in Belize.

Since its inception in 1993, the shelter has provided services to over 1,300 women and their children. Their adult residents range in age from 18-60 and child residents range from 3 days old to 17 years old. The shelter works by referrals via the Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit or from the Women’s Department.

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